"The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change."
―E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
...and plays off the brown and green masses of waxy magnolia leaves we trimmed this fall.
Note the adorably wonky top piece of the tree with the star.
The kids snuck that star on the tree and I didn't have the heart to straighten it or put the "real" star up. Instead, I tucked the large tree toppers I had INTO the tree. You will see the large white and brown snowflakes here and there and everywhere. They are the traditional stars for the top of the tree, but I found them 90% off last year and bought them in bulk. In fact, you might have noticed one in the Happy Thanksgiving photo here at the Nest last week:
The rest of the ornaments are all cheapies -- as many golds, whites and greens as I could find at garage sales this summer.
Forget all the fuzzy details though...
You want to see the whole thing, right?
This 10 footer Balsam Spruce from Treetopia makes a GRAND statement in this large space and anything smaller would have seemed too dinky. Setup, however, was not that bad. The tree was prelit, so no light slinging and the tiers of the tree fold out from a central spine so they are a cinch to unhinge. Each piece is labled with a number and it was honestly so simple our 8 year old had it figured out quickly.
You might also notice the Thanksgiving table set up in front of the tree. You read that right -- Thanksgiving. I had the tree up and ready for Thanksgiving this year and have plans to change out the magnolia leaves as they dry for pretty red accents the closer we get to Christmas. Why have a Christmas tree when you can have a winter tree that transitions from Thanksgiving to Christmas and enjoy it for longer??
The real show though is at night, every night, no matter how she is decorated.
The soft glow of lights is just magical, whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or even July.